They were men born to fight. If God willed that Antioch was the place where they gave up life, so be it. Thanks to the stratagems of Bohemund de Hauteville, leader of the Apulian Normans, the Crusade has taken the city of Antioch, and just in time. Once the besiegers, Bohemund and his men are about to become the besieged - a huge Turkish-led army, commanded by the fearsome General Kerbogha, is fast approaching. Provisions are needed to support not only the army, but also thousands of camp followers and pilgrims. But the surrounding countryside is near barren and the storerooms of Antioch much depleted.
It soon becomes obvious that the Crusaders cannot hold out for long without falling prey to starvation. And for Bohemund and his nephew Tancred there is another difficulty: The dissent between the Crusade leaders has broken out into the open, with the wealthy Provencal magnate Raymond of Toulouse stirring up conflict. If the Christian host is fighting on two fronts, so is Bohemund himself. With the enemy Turks at his front and his warring peers at his back, can he gain the might city of Antioch once and for all? Only one of the greatest battles of the age will decide.
©2013 Jack Ludlow (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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"Through the eyes of a warriot"
This value of this book and the series cenerted upon history'' s best knights, Tancred the Great, Godfrey de Boulion, and Bohemund de Hauteville, first set before me in The Sword and the Cross is in thr detailed account of the first and most successful Crusade, so well remembered among our present allies that we were in effect forbidden to use the very word in our somewhat mishandled victories in Iraq., through the eyes, faith, greed and bravery of some of the best knights of the time. Thr discussion of the training from boyhood in an instution closely paralleling the "agoge' which Spartan youth were obliged to enter at age twelve and exit upon majority a a warrior to carry on his line. The similarities were uncanny and produced warriors that held considerable sway from Normandy, as descendants of Northmen to whom the Frankish king was obliged to cede to them the province named for them. The extent of their influence and power throughout Europe I'd sometimes if not most often forgotten by our Teachers and Professors through apparently overshadowing rrepute given the 'le batard" of Normandy, who could take no part in the first Crusade, William the Conqueror, whose brother was nevertheless in the Holy Land during this first and most effective Crusade.
"Great book on the First Crusade"
I liked how the author told the story of the First Crusade through the eyes of the men you led the crusade.
I liked the battle scenes. It is fascinating how the men were able to bear such hardships and accomplish so much.
The Count of Taranto was my favorite. His voice embodies an experienced commander who is experienced and knowledgeable about the military situation of his days.
The battle outside the walls of Antioch was very moving.
Historical, adventurous, addictive
The beginning battles around Antioch. The description of the scenes puts you there, makes you feel like you are at the siege.
"A Ripping Good Yarn"
I have been waiting for this final installment of the Crusades Trilogy for a long time and I was not disappointed at all. This is a great historical novel and the narration was superb (as usual).
From the way the book ended, I don't believe there will be another trilogy, but I can only hope.
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